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Unformatted text preview: Ecology of Natural Resources Resource conservation can be viewed as applied ecology Ecology is a relatively young science (mid-20 th century) Relationship of living organisms to their environment The sum total of all biotic and abiotic factors that affect an organism Applied ecology- manipulation of organisms and their environment to achieve specific objectives Time out for science Good science, conservation, and management depend on good objectives Quantifiable statement of purpose To improve Henslows sparrow habitat in Louisianas longleaf pine prairies To increase the density of Henslows sparrows in Louisianas longleaf pine prairies from 1.7 to 6.0 per hectare through reforestation and controlled burning. Back to applied ecology Requires a thorough understanding of all of the effects of the proposed manipulations Always positive and negative consequences Applied ecology therefore is dependent on understanding how nature works, and the complex responses...
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